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Power Rankings / Mark Gaughan ranks the NFL from top to bottom

(Last week in parentheses)

1. New England Patriots. Don Belichick. "If history has taught us anything, it's that you can blow out anyone." (1)

2. Atlanta Falcons. How legit is the defense? (2)

3. New Orleans Saints. Will kill NFC West winner in wild card. (3)

4. Pittsburgh Steelers. Troy Polamalu greater than Jack Bauer. (4)

5. Baltimore Ravens. Mason has 50 catches 11 straight years. (7)

6. Philadelphia Eagles. Andy Reid's Diet Pepsi went out his nose when he learned McNabb was benched. (9)

7. N.Y. Giants. Meadowlands Diner a N.J. classic. (10)

8. N.Y. Jets. Sal Alosi excuse. "What? I was doing tai chi!" (5)

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Freeman has won 10 of last 16. (11)

10. Jacksonville Jaguars. Marcedes Lewis may be all-pro TE. (12)

11. Indianapolis Colts. Freeney has 41 forced fumbles. (13)

12. Chicago Bears. Would not make playoffs in AFC. (8)

13. Green Bay Packers. Good team on playoff life-support. (6)

14. San Diego Chargers. Rivers 20-1 in December. (17)

15. Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan Lilja all-pro prospect at guard. (14)

16. Oakland Raiders. No. 3 in rushing. (15)

17. Houston Texans. Defense 32nd vs. pass. (18)

18. Minnesota Vikings. Love Gophers' open-air stadium. (16)

19. Dallas Cowboys. $8.50 Black Angus burger not so good at 4-9. (19)

20. Miami Dolphins. Need to take wraps off Henne. (21)

21. Cleveland Browns. Still think Mangini is in trouble. (20)

22. Buffalo Bills. Browns beat Bills, 49-7, for AAFC title on this day in 1948. (26)

23. St. Louis Rams. Good on special teams. (22)

24. San Francisco 49ers. Offense in decade-long slump. (28)

25. Washington Redskins. Shanny picks Grossman over McNabb, angling to trade for Losman, bring Rob Johnson out of retirement. (23)

26. Seattle Seahawks. Lynch has 549 yards. (24)

27. Detroit Lions. Big Ten names divisions "Legends" and "Leaders." Nebraska decides to move back to Big 12. (29)

28. Tennessee Titans. Up with Gwyneth Paltrow. (25)

29. Arizona Cardinals. NFC West is 12-22 outside division. (31)

30. Denver Broncos. Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics Dept. Kyle Orton just 347 shy of 4,000 passing yards. (27)

31. Cincinnati Bengals. T.O. will have tough time finding job in '11. (30)

32. Carolina Panthers. Can put No. 1 draft pick on ice with loss today. (32)

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